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Is fasting a threat for transportation safety?

  • Ridwan Aji Budi Prasetyo
    Ridwan Aji Budi Prasetyo

    Researcher and lecturer in human factors and ergonomics, Department of Psychology, Brawijaya University

Malang   /   Wed, June 21, 2017   /  10:40 am
Is fasting a threat for transportation safety? Idul Fitri holidaymakers throng a road along the northern Java coast in Tegal, Central Java, during the seasonal exodus last year. (ANTARA FOTO/Oky Lukmansyah)

Ramadhan typcially sees some changes in the workplace, such as reduced working hours and rescheduled shifts. The spirit of the changes is to accommodate those who fast and to let them fast as much as possible in comfortable conditions during work hours. Fair enough, as Muslims are the majority. For transportation operators, however, it’s mostly business as usual. Pilots, train drivers, sailors and even intercity bus drivers still operate their respective modes of transportation to transport goods and people safely. The frequency of the operations may remain constant, except for the extra tasks they may have in connection with the massive homecoming ahead of Idul Fitri, commonly referred to as mudik (exodus). Muslim employees of transportation operators face a dilemma of personal and professional interest during Ramadhan. They should observe fasting, as it is obligatory, bu...

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